"It's not a money problem. It's a monopoly problem," said U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Scalia during the arguments — over school vouchers and parental choice — being heard in Washington, D.C. The Bush administration and Cleveland, Ohio, public schools are fighting over the future direction of America's public education.
Hewing to the party line, Imperial County's Republican state assemblyman, Jim Battin touts school vouchers as the panacea for underperforming students and teachers, apathetic or intimidated parents and hypocritical administrators involved with public schools in California. Asked how school vouchers would maintain local control and an administration by duly elected school board trustees, Mr. Battin answered, "I don't know."
He doesn't know; and vouchers or no vouchers won't matter if the California Teachers Association has its way in Sacramento by passage of state Assembly bill 2160. CTA's website states, "Assembly bill 2160 … will herald a new era in California's public schools … ‘real classroom teachers — and not school district bureaucrats - will have more power over what and how to teach,' said Wayne Johnson, president of the 300,000-member California Teachers Association."